Again at GDC I wanted to explain my impressions of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Paradox was keen to verify the sport’s existence to the general public on the time, however all of the demo footage we noticed was strictly behind-closed-doors.
Give due to E3 then, as that’s lastly modified. Brian Mitsoda talked me by means of an early Bloodlines 2 quest Tuesday, and we have been in a position to seize the following footage. Be aware that this was a hands-off demo, with a member of the dev staff controlling, however I used to be requested for enter at pivotal moments—which faction to facet with, find out how to strategy a constructing stuffed with enemies, and whether or not we kill or spare our goal.
There’s additionally a number of fight within the video, each melee and ranged, plus a handful of early vampire powers. This mission is (we have been advised) roughly a 3rd of the way in which by means of Bloodlines 2, and also you’re nonetheless a Thinblood—a vampire with out a clan. A free agent, if you’ll, there to do soiled work for different factions.
The participant’s requested to trace down a Nosferatu named Slugg, who’s holding some very important info. A number of factions need this info again, and a few have robust emotions on whether or not Slugg lives or dies as effectively.
Commonplace Vampire: The Masquerade stuff actually, and largely that is merely video proof Bloodlines 2 exists. I don’t suppose something on this demo is just too mind-blowing. It’s a reasonably easy fetch quest, albeit a well-written one which takes you thru each Pioneer Sq. and The Jungle, two real-world places that could be recognizable to Seattle residents. The voice appearing is strong all through, and the characters you meet are already memorable.
However the quest by itself isn’t too highly effective. Seeing what occurs after, what ramifications come up from saving or killing Slugg, from serving to or betraying your contact Elfi, that’s what made Bloodlines fascinating and what has me involved in a sequel. This footage is all setup for payoff which may not come till 10 or 15 hours down the road, and I can’t wait to search out out what that payoff entails.
Fortunately we received’t have to attend too lengthy. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 doesn’t have an official launch date but, however is slated for that Q1 2020 window—identical as Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Gentle 2, and Watch Canines Legion. Given what we’ve seen to this point at E3 2019, we’re going to have one hell of a 12 months even earlier than the following console era releases. Higher clear your calendar.